The Pittsburgh Steelers are in danger of losing a good wide receiver for the second straight offseason. Over a year removed from losing Mike Wallace to free agency, Pittsburgh could very well be without both Jerricho Cotchery and Antonio Brown come 2014. Thankfully, the Steelers are planning to made a few roster moves in order to clear some cap space for the aforementioned wideouts.
Besides, Cotchery in particular has no reason to bolt for another city at this stage in his career.
Although Philip Rivers was very deserving of the NFL‘s Comeback Player of the Year Award this past season; Cotchery would have been a stellar choice as well. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethisberger and Cotchery connected for 10 touchdowns last year. To compare: Cotchery caught a grand total of 12 touchdowns from 2008-2012! Now that is downright crazy considering the 31-year-old wide receiver was left for dead this time last year after going all of 2012 without a score.
Furthermore, it would be foolish for such a veteran player to uproot himself and his family simply to make a few extra bucks — maybe. Not to mention, Cotchery will be able to remain a focal part of the Steelers’ offense in 2014 along with serving as a mentor to second-year wide receiver and former third-round pick Markus Wheaton.
Sometimes NFL players just catch lighting in a bottle with a specific team in a specific year, and Cotchery would be a fool to part from the good thing he has going in the Steel City.